Man, that's depressing to read. Very little movement has been made to build the state universities not named UConn into respectable master's level universities, and now Charter Oak is set to offer a master's degree. For an even bigger kick in the teeth, I bothered to look up what this master's degree would entail, and none of it constitutes what I would consider material for a master's degree, let alone a Master of Science which is supposed to be focus on entry-level research, theoretical material and culminates in a thesis. For those curious, here's a link to the program breakdown: http://tinyurl.com/zlf343t
To answer the question you initially posed, J.J., the reason is because the school cannot make up its mind where to put itself, which is stupid because it's an online-only college so you could set it up in an outhouse if you had enough generators to power the servers. As for absorbing it into the university, it's more tricky than it would seem because COSC has a sister organization, the CTDLC. To absorb COSC would also require you to either absorb or dissolve CTDLC, which would also be a big job since the organization offers a couple of online educational services to universities and collegiate institutions across the nation.
On paper, it would be a solid idea and would completely benefit the state, CCSU and the student body of both COSC and CCSU. In reality, it would never work for a litany of reasons:
- Most of the staff at CTDLC and COSC come from management backgrounds in practice and in formal educations. In my time working with both organizations, it was very evident that those who sat at the top of the payroll understood very little of how online education works, what you need to set it up and maintain it properly, and how to deliver a quality experience.
- The staff at these two organizations is also very lazy, which seems to be a trait for many state-funded organizations, education-centered or otherwise. Most of them that aren't keeping the servers and software up and running clock out by 2PM, and it wasn't uncommon that people would procrastinate incredibly important tasks or outright refuse to do them. I personally watched a sequence where the IT Help Desk worker needed one of the Sys-Ads to make some changes to get a virtual workstation up and running, so he sent him an email, and then went to talk to the Sys-ad directly when he didn't get a response. The Sys-Ad told the worker to use the IT ticketing system and send the request from there, which he did, and the ticket was promptly closed out and trashed. The worker ended up having to get the IT manager and the CEO involved just to get his workstation up and running so he could actually do his job. I wish I could say that I only saw an event like that once (which is still too many).
- Both institutions are sucking state money up like super Hoovers to the point that during the entire stint I was working with them, they were constantly in the red. Tons of money got spent on useless gadgets, like a Segway robot that you could put your iPad on and remotely attend meetings, or on an initiative to push all staff onto Virtual Workstations, despite there being tons of connection problems in doing so that cost the organizations more time than the money saved by getting rid of all the perfectly good towers. If you were to go to CT Transparency, which lists all state employee salaries, you'll find that the staff at both CTDLC and COSC that hold management positions make a ton of money; ludicrous sums in my eyes since I've seen these folks 'work'. Pay cuts and layoffs to management would be the best solution, but good luck getting these folks who are comfortably ahead and have gotten comfortable to getting paid tons of cash for doing very little.
TL;DR, it would be really nice and ideal since the infrastructure is already setup. It honestly would put CCSU on the map, but the state continues to see COSC as the favorite sibling, so it will keep dumping money into it, even if it's a giant red ink-stain on the budget, so there's little hope of a merging of the two or us getting our land back until COSC decides it wants to move.